Definition of roam in English:

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Pronunciation: /rōm/


[no object]
1Move about or travel aimlessly or unsystematically, especially over a wide area: tigers once roamed over most of Asia (as adjective roaming) roaming elephants
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  • It houses a remarkable collection of animals - most kept, as one might expect in such a civilized country, in large enclosures in which they can roam about with some semblance of freedom.
  • The film-making, which is claustrophobic and closely tied to the heat of the moment, puts us alongside him as he roams about his apartment and the reform school where he works.
  • Anywhere he roams, she is there, a reminder of the fragility of his heart and of his sham relationships.
1.1 [with object] Travel unsystematically over, through, or around (a place): gangs of youths roamed the streets unopposed
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  • Frankie is the leader of a skinhead gang, roaming the streets, getting into bar fights and trashing the occasional record store.
  • Charlie roams the streets at night and goes into movie theaters, craving human interaction.
  • His interests, however, were not confined to optical recording but also included his emotional reaction to roaming the streets at night.
wander, rove, ramble, drift, walk, traipse;
range, travel, tramp, traverse, trek
informal cruise, mosey around/about
formal perambulate
archaic peregrinate
1.2(Of a person’s eyes or hands) pass lightly over something without stopping: her eyes roamed over the chattering women [with object]: he let his eyes roam her face
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  • It was obvious from where he slouched at the bar and where his eyes roamed that he was a pepper man.
  • His concept was to pinpoint the exact intersection of every latitude and longitude line in South Africa, and standing on that point, let his eye roam until it framed an image he wished to record on camera.
  • Gehry designed a visually active rather than passive interior: the lines of the balconies loop the hall so that the eye roams the space in continuous movement.
1.3(Of a person’s mind or thoughts) drift along without dwelling on anything in particular: he let his mind roam as he walked
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  • Let your imagination roam freely over the facts you have collected.
  • She taught me to let my imagination roam freely.
  • One of the people who encouraged him to let his imagination roam was his friend, Pierre.
1.4 (often as noun roaming) Use a mobile phone on another operator’s network, typically while abroad: packages in which you pay a slightly higher fee when roaming on other networks Orange now allows Pay As You Go mobile phone customers to roam in the US


[in singular]



Pronunciation: /ˈrōmər/
Example sentences
  • They were uncentered roamers, like gypsies moving over a space incomprehensibly large to a European eye.
  • Whilst his dad was also a midfielder roamer, all left foot and direct, Jason is a natural right-footer who has a go when the nets are within shooting distance.
  • You are a roamer and need adventure, excitement, and freedom.


Middle English: of unknown origin.

Words that rhyme with roam

brome, chrome, comb, Crome, dome, foam, gnome, holm, Holme, hom, home, Jerome, loam, Nome, ohm, om, Rome, tome

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